Travel Walker / Lightweight Folding Travel Walker
If you are in need of a travel walker, check out the selection at AvaCare Medical! Many people need a lightweight folding travel walker in order to travel from place to place with ease. A portable walker with wheels can improve mobility and stability, and, besides, is safer for more elderly people than a typical rollator. Read more...
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Benefits of Travel Walkers
Portable walkers for the elderly have folding capacity, which is why they are considered great for travel. Many seniors need to have a folding travel walker when they are considering travel by means of plane, train, or even automobile. Having a travel walker allows the user to collapse the walker to a small enough size to be used as luggage or to be put in the trunk or back seat of a car. This slim profile allows users to take their mobility aid with them. Other benefits of travel walkers are:
Portable walkers for the elderly are some of the lightest on the market, and for good reason. Many senior citizens may not have the physical strength that they once had, and therefore, it’s important that they are still able to lift their walkers with ease. This helps both while using them and while they are folded. Walkers generally weigh anywhere between 5 and 10 pounds. A portable folding travel walker, however, is often no more than 7 pounds at the most, making them great for seniors and the handicapped.
Accessories Can Be Added Easily
When it comes to using a walker, accessories are not only recommended, but some of them are considered essential items! Accessories for portable walkers for adults often include bags, pouches, and even baskets. Some portable travel walkers for seniors already come with travel pockets on their sides as well, making carrying important personal items and maintaining personal privacy possible.
Other accessories may be added to your travel walker. In fact, there are actually a lot of seniors who celebrate a unique movement called “Pimp My Walker” in which seniors make their walkers livelier by using not only travel accessories, but also by adding lightweight decorations in order to “beautify” them. This movement started originally in England during the early to mid-2000’s, and since then it has made its way into the U.S. and other parts of the world as well. Portable walkers for the elderly are excellent for this, since they are so lightweight already.
Some Models Have Wheels for Increased Mobility
Wheels can do a lot for users who need to have a boost in mobility. This, of course, may come with a price. Sometimes, the additional feature of wheels can increase the price of the travel walker, simply because it is an extra item that needs to be manufactured, tested, approved, and then attached. Most of these accessories and replacement parts undergo rigorous tests in order to meet very strict government medical guidelines. They can improve the quality of a walker overall and make the experience of using a walker much better by allowing for smoother travel over different terrains.
A travel walker with wheels can somewhat decrease the stability that a user would experience as compared to a regular 4-legged walker. On the positive side, though, a user has much more stability, security, and balance than they may have if they were using a rollator; if you’re comparing the two, a travel walker is definitely the better choice.
Wheels on walkers can be attached if a walker does not come with one, and they can essentially provide the same benefit as they would if they were purchased already installed. They can also have numerous benefits if a user can handle their own balance somewhat because the user won’t have to lift the walker up every time they take a step forward.
Portable Walkers for Adults Are Height-Adjustable
Height adjustability is extremely important with any walker. When a walker is adjustable, its handlebars can rest at the proper height; where a user needs to have their hands in order to maintain correct posture. It can also ensure that a person is able to walk with the model properly to improve or maintain a proper walking gait. A good thing to know is that walkers come in many different shapes, styles, and sizes, and while they’re all height adjustable this may still have its limits.
The average walker is intended for users who are about 5 foot, 3 inches up to just above 6 feet tall. However, taller walkers can be adjusted for those who are even taller. If a user is on the shorter side, they may want to opt for a junior walker or even a short walker for adults.
Travel Walker Price
The same way how the addition of wheels can increase the price, materials may affect price as well. Stainless steel walkers generally cost more, as they are made with more expensive and durable materials that are meant for bariatric patients.
Having an increased weight capacity, as is the case among bariatric models, can also greatly impact how much a walker will cost. The standard weight capacity for most walkers is approximately 250 to 300 pounds. Smaller walkers may only be appropriate for even less than that (about 150 pounds), and if a user is over the 300 pound threshold, they may need to purchase a portable folding travel walker that holds 400 pounds or more. Keep in mind that one should always maintain a cushion between their actual total weight and the listed weight capacity.
The brand name can also, unfortunately, impact the price of a portable walker for adults. This is essentially because certain companies practice more advanced and higher-cost testing procedures to ensure quality. These brands are the most reputable and trusted manufacturers, and their walkers oftentimes have dual functionalities, such as that of a narrow walker with a two-button folding capability. The starting price you’ll find a walker for is just above $32, though some bariatric walkers are over $100. The majority of all walkers, however, sell for less than one hundred dollars.
If you should need any assistance with your order, or if you have any questions and need answers, our highly trained customer service representatives have years of experience in the field and are well trained in order to share the knowledge you seek! Give us a call, free of charge, to 1-877-813-7799 today – we’d love to talk to you!